I am positively mad about imagination. This part of our brain where limits do not – cannot apply. I have moments where I wish to go back in time and meet the artists of the surrealist movement. To talk about the most outlandish things in the same way one might talk about buttering their toast.
I find most interesting the collaborations Surrealist artists had with fashion designers. Elsa Schiaparelli was a pioneer of this, collaborating with the likes of Jean Cocteau and Salvador Dali. The latter was a particularly riveting one. In one of my many books I was flicking through, inhaling countless images, I came across one that tickled me and poured over it. A seemingly simple hat on an elegant head from the 1930s. It doesn’t sound very surreal does it? Now for the detail of this hat; Cleverly, it had been fashioned into the shape of a high heeled shoe. Oh! I know I must have broken out into a smile. I adore these tricks!
Of course (as it usually happens) I had the idea to create a photographic response to this work. This is the joy of being inspired by an image or idea that pops into your head, there is no reason you cannot just run with it – create something, anything! Embrace the absurd!
I do not understand why, when I ask for grilled lobster in a restaurant, I’m never served a cooked telephone.
Schiaparelli was an incredible Italian, yet Parisian living fashion designer of the 1930s. What better way to honour her than to collaborate with a store specialising in Italian Shoes! Cherri Bellini, of Rundle Street in Adelaide has the most glorious collection curated by Rosemarie Farrugia. Scroll down to see our fabulous collaboration together!
By order of appearance on my Turban (starting with the header image)
Pascucci Laminato Argento Ballerina’s in Silver
Bianca Di Pumps in Nude
Annabell Pascucci Vernice Brogue in Red, Black and White
Frey Vernice Verde Loafer in Green with Buckle
Lady Doc Bordo Vernice Court Shoe
Helen-Mary Pascucci Brogue in green and brown
Bianca Di Vitello Nero Mary Jane Heel in Black